Queensland is the home of theme parks in Australia. WetnWild is one of two water parks on the Gold Coast (the other being White Water World, which we didn’t visit) and it’s a ton of fun for people of all ages! WetnWild Gold Coast has a great mixture of both thrill rides, relaxing pools to float around in, and kids versions of some of the most popular bigger rides.
Russell and I spent a few hours at WetnWild, and we managed to hit up all of the rides more than once. To get the most out of your day, it’s best to plan ahead and be prepared. I’ve come up with this fab guide to help first time visitors to WetnWild Gold Coast, have a day to remember at Queensland’s biggest and best water park!
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Table of Contents
- 1 WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia’s Biggest & Best Water Park
- 1.1 How to Get to WetnWild Gold Coast
- 1.2 Opening Times & Ticket Prices for WetnWild Gold Coast
- 1.3 What to Wear at WetnWild Gold Coast
- 1.4 Food & Shopping at WetnWild Gold Coast
- 1.5 Water Rides at WetnWild Gold Coast
- 1.6 Rides for Families & Kids at WetnWild Gold Coast
- 1.7 Other Information & Things you Should Know
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WetnWild Gold Coast, Queensland: Australia’s Biggest & Best Water Park
How to Get to WetnWild Gold Coast
WetnWild is super easy to find, whether you’re coming from Surfers Paradise or Brisbane and beyond. The best two ways to get to WetnWild are by car or bus. If you have already hired a car for your stay in Queensland, or are from Australia and have your own car, this is probably the best option. But don’t worry, even if you don’t have access to a car, taking the bus is easy too!
By Car from Surfers Paradise – Drive down the Gold Coast Highway, head onto Smith Street and follow the signs. You’ll need to leave the highway at exit 60, and follow the signs to WetnWild.
By Car from Brisbane – If you’re driving from Brisbane, follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast. Again, take exit 60 to WetnWild. Once you get closer, there will be signs directing you from Brisbane, too.
By Bus from Surfers Paradise – If you’re staying in Surfers Paradise, you’ll see buses driving around that say ‘WetnWild’ or ‘Movie World’ across the front. It doesn’t really matter which bus you choose, because both parks are right next to each other. But try to keep an eye out for the WetnWild one anyway. There may be a small fee, so just ask the bus driver before boarding if you’re unsure. Catching a bus is the easiest option if you don’t have access to a car.
The best way to ensure you’re heading in the right direction, is to use Google Maps. You’ll have step-by-step directions, from your hotel straight to WetnWild Gold Coast! If you’re taking the bus, ask at an information desk in Surfers Paradise for the bus you will need to take from your hotel.
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Opening Times & Ticket Prices for WetnWild Gold Coast
During summer, WetnWild is open from 10am until 5pm. During the colder months (June until August), the park closes early, at around 3:30pm. WetnWild is open every day of the year except Christmas Day (December 25th) and Anzac Day (April 25th). For updated opening times, click here!
There are a few different options when it comes to purchasing tickets for WetnWild Gold Coast. Like I mentioned earlier, Queensland is Australia’s home of theme parks, all of which are actually located on the Gold Coast – how convenient! If you’re planning to visit all of the theme parks during your stay in Queensland, there are some multi-day tickets available that might be the best option.
Along with WetnWild, there are three other theme parks and attractions under the Village Roadshow brand: Movie World, Sea World and Paradise Country. You can purchase tickets that include entry into all of these theme parks, or pick and choose and only visit the parks you’re interested in! We chose the 2 Day Multi-Park Pass, and spent a day each at WetnWild and Movie World.
1 Day Ticket to WetnWild – Adult: $74.99 | Child: $64.99
This ticket will get you into WetnWild for 1 day only
2 Day Multi-Park Pass – Adult: $89.99 | Child: $79.99
This pass will get you into WetnWild and 1 other park of your choice over two consecutive days (options are above)
3 Day Super Pass – Adult & Child: $99.99
This pass will get you into any 3 parks over three consecutive days
14 Day Mega Pass – Adult & Child: $109.99
This pass will get you into all 4 parks over 14 consecutive days
6 Month Super Pass – Adult & Child: $104.99
This pass will get you into any 3 parks over a 6 month period
12 Month Super Pass -Adult & Child: $109.99
This pass will get you into any 3 parks over a 12 month period
If you’re only staying on the Gold Coast or in Queensland for a short period of time, choose the pass that suits the length of time you are going to be visiting for. If you’re staying for an extended period of time or relocating to Queensland, it’s much better value purchasing one of the 6 or 12 month Super Passes, as you’ll be able to come back and won’t have to keep paying for a new ticket!
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What to Wear at WetnWild Gold Coast
Since WetnWild is a water park, it’s totally acceptable to walk around in a bathing suit or bikini. If you’re uncomfortable in just a bathing suit, most rides allow guests to wear a t-shirt over the top. Just ask the ride attendant if you’re unsure. Whether or not you choose to wear a t-shirt, always make sure to wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours!
Food & Shopping at WetnWild Gold Coast
There aren’t too many places at WetnWild for food, so keep that in mind when visiting. Near the entrance of the park, you’ll see an outdoor cafe/restaurant, serving quick meals such as burgers and fries. Otherwise, there are plenty of stalls and carts throughout the park where you can buy churros, hot dogs, ice cream and more.
If you’d prefer to not spend money on food during your stay at WetnWild, bring along your own snacks! This is totally allowed, and is the cheapest way to go, especially if you’re visiting with a larger group of people. Food at WetnWild is fairly expensive, so keep that in mind if you plan to spend the whole day enjoying the park.
The souvenir stores at WetnWild Gold Coast are located near the entrance of the park, but you’ll find there isn’t too much of a variety. These stores also sell bathers, towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, jewellery and more. Be prepared though, as like food and snacks, souvenirs are quite expensive.
Water Rides at WetnWild Gold Coast
In total, there are 13 water rides at WetnWild Gold Coast. Each one is unique and different in its own way. There are some in darkness, some where you will drop free-fall style into a waterslide and even one called the Tornado, which is pretty self explanatory! Below are all of the water rides and attractions at WetnWild that are included in your park entry ticket, and any restrictions that apply for each individual ride:
Blackhole – A tube waterslide in complete darkness, reaching top speeds of 40km/ph. There are only two riders allowed on the Blackhole. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm, and a maximum combined weight of 180kg. This ride is awesome, is pitch black inside except for some very Space Mountain inspired lights along the sides of the slide!
Kamikaze – This is a two person tube waterslide, with an almost vertical 11 metre drop. Kamikaze reaches top speeds of up to 50km/ph. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm and a maximum combined weight of 180kg. Don’t forget to smile for the camera!
Mach 5 – There are two options on the Mach 5: choose to slide down the single rider Jet Streams waterslides or take on the Slidewinders, the two biggest slides in WetnWild. To ride the Jet Streams, riders need to a minimum height of 120cm. Riders need to be at least 110cm and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.
Tornado – In my opinion, this is the best ride at WetnWild! You’ll begin your epic adventure tubing down a 40 metre long tunnel, before spinning around the Tornado and up and down the sides, water splashing on your face and adrenaline pumping through your body. Up to 4 people can ride the Tornado, however riders must be at least 110cm tall and a maximum combined weight 320kg.
Constrictor – A snake inspired tube water slide, made for up to 3 riders. Enjoy three tight, 260 degree turns down the length of the Constrictor, at a top speed of up to 50km/ph. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm tall to ride and a combined maximum weight of 270kg.
Aqua Loop – This slide starts with riders standing on a trap door. You’re then released down a 40 foot drop, into a looping slide at up to 60km/ph. To ride the Aqua Loop, riders need to be a minimum height of 120cm, and between 45kg and 120kg. This ride was under maintenance when Russell and I visited, so unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to experience it.
Mammoth Falls – A tube ride where you’ll be sent on twists and turns all the way to the bottom. Riders must be at least 100cm tall, and a combined weight of up to 450kg. Between 2 and 4 people can ride Mammoth Falls at once!
River Rapids – This is the perfect ride for groups of people who are undecided about whether they want a fast paced or relaxing water slide experience. There are two enclosed slides, where you’ll be sent flying down to the bottom at top speeds and two open air slides which are perfect for the kids. Riders must be a minimum of 110cm tall and a maximum of 135kg to ride.
Super 8 – This is the perfect ride for families and groups of friends! You’ll race head first down 8 colourful slides, reaching speeds of up to 40km/ph. You’ll even be timed, and see how many of your friends and families you beat to the bottom! Riders must be at least 110cm tall to race.
Surfrider – This is the only coaster at WetnWild, and although we didn’t go on it ourselves, it looks like a lot of fun! You’ll glide up and down a giant surfboard, while spinning around and being rewarded with awesome views of the park. Riders must be between 140cm and 196cm tall.
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Rides for Families & Kids at WetnWild Gold Coast
There are a few rides and attractions at WetnWild that are perfect for families and younger kids, as a lot of the bigger rides may not be suitable for visitors of all ages.
WetnWild Junior – A zone created just for kids under 10 years of age. They’ll be able to enjoy kid friendly versions of some of the park’s best rides, such as Tornado and Aqua Racers. There’s also a giant tipping bucket of water, a ton of slides and a water playground. To use WetnWild Junior, kids must be no taller than 140cm.
Calypso Beach – This is one of the best attractions at WetnWild! You’ll float around a giant river on colourful tubes or soak in the sun in one of Calypso Beach’s relaxing retreat areas.
Giant Wave Pool – The perfect place to relax in the refreshing, cool water while you wait for the waves to roll in. There’s a ton of deck chairs and undercover gazebos to take a break from the water, perfect for a family lunch! The waves are on a sequence, so if you’re not comfortable swimming in waves, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the water, and just hop out when the waves start. There are lifeguards standing by, just incase guests get swept up by the waves. If this does happen, put your hand in the air and a lifeguard will jump in right away. We saw this happen during our time at WetnWild, and they acted immediately. You’re in good hands!
Whirlpool Springs – WetnWild’s very own hot tubs! The perfect place to cool off in summer, or warm up during the colder months of the year. There are a ton of hot tubs for guests to relax in, or swim around in the refreshing water on a hot day.
Other Information & Things you Should Know
- There are lifeguards at every ride, ensuring the safety of guests and ensuring each person meets the requirements before riding. Calypso Beach has a lifeguard at every turn, so there are plenty of trained professionals ready incase you need some assistance.
- Be sure to bring sunscreen, but if you do forget, souvenir stores near the entrance of WetnWild Gold Coast do have sunscreen available for purchase.
- The water is heated at WetnWild Gold Coast, however due to overnight temperatures and other factors, the pools may not always be prime temperatures. Don’t worry though, as soon as you get out and start walking around the park in the sun, you’ll soon warm up!
- Most of the tube rides, require guests to carry the tubes up to the top themselves. This means that kids may not be able to ride these by themselves, as they will struggle carrying the heavy tubes up multiple flights of stairs. Always make sure kids have an adult to at least carry these tubes to the top, even if they don’t actually take the slide to the bottom.
- There are lockers available for $10, which will be yours for the entire day. Unless you have somebody with you who will not be going on any rides, and is happy to hold on to bags, purchasing a locker for the day is the best option. You can buy a locked from the Surf Shop, located right near the park entrance.
WetnWild Gold Coast is a lot of fun for people of all ages. There’s definitely something for everyone, and you’re guaranteed to have an awesome day! Remember to reapply sunscreen frequently, and wear a hat when you’re not on the rides. Summer in Australia is brutal, and although we applied sunscreen, Russell and I still got burnt! Learn from our mistakes, and keep reapplying throughout the day!
Have you visited WetnWild Gold Coast before? What was your favourite ride? Tell me in the comments below!
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